IDEM offering grants to boost recycling markets and more


The Indiana Department of Environmental Management recently announced the availability of grant funding for recycling projects from the Recycling Market Development Program.

Eligible candidates may seek a grant ranging from $50,000 to $500,000. Proposals are being accepted through June 21.

Public and private businesses, local government, solid waste management districts and nonprofit organizations located and doing business in the state are eligible to submit proposals for funding.

Proposals must show a need, an increase in recyclable material collection or consumption, a reduction in municipal solid waste shipped for final disposal or improved partnerships with communities, including economic impacts and increased public awareness of recycling opportunities through tangible outreach and education efforts.

Projects should demonstrate sustainability and an understanding of the changing economy for recyclers and look at where monies can be used most effectively to increase statewide recycling.

Final grant determinations will be made this fall. To apply, visit For information, contact 800-988-7901 or [email protected].

The program operates under the Recycling Market Development Board as established by state statute. Funding comes from the Recycling Promotion and Assistance Fund, an account generated by a per-ton fee on solid waste disposed at Hoosier landfills. The fund supports source reduction, reuse, recycling and composting to prevent solid waste from permanent disposal.

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